Saturday, November 26, 2011

In Theaters : ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (2011)

Official Synopsis : The 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

Genre: Adventure, Family, Animation, Comedy

What to Expect : Charming family adventure full of Christmas spirit. Suprisingly, it isn't just another Christmas release aiming to pick your pockets for the price of a ticket. It's actually a clever and genuinely heart-warming movie and a serious contender against Pixar for next year's Animated Feature Oscar. Aardman Animation is usually known for their claymation work, for example the "Wallace and Gromit" series, which earned them an Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2005 ("Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"). This is their first 3D CGI movie.

Critical Response : Positive. Almost all the reviewers fell in love with the movie's witty script and spectacular visuals, even though some were disappointed that the studio abandoned stop-motion animation in favor of cutting-edge CGI. The consensus is that "Arthur Christmas" is a worthy addition to the Christmas movie collection. Rated 91% on Rottentomatoes.com from 95 positive and 9 negative reviews.

More Details : 

  • Starring : James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton.

  • Director : Sarah Smith.

  • Screenplay : Peter Baynham ("Borat", "Arthur"), Sarah Smith.

  • Running Time : 97 min.

  • Rating : PG for some mild rude humor.

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